Patty McCord

2018 Session | The Language of Leadership

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Words can carry enormous weight, influencing our perceptions of people and even their leadership potential. Research shows that the words chosen to describe women leaders may vary from the way male peers are described for the same level of performance. Examining the bias embedded in our words, this session will change the way you describe yourself and others. Led by Lori Nishiura Mackenzie, this panel of experts will provide strategies to choose your words wisely when advocating for organizational talent and communicating your strengths as a leader. Read More

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2018 Session | Radical Honesty: ​How to Tell the Truth (Even When No One Wants to Hear It)

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Even if you believe that honesty is the best policy, we don’t always say what we really mean, especially in the workplace. Talking openly about issues and challenges can go against our desire to be nice and make one another feel good. When Patty McCord was the chief talent officer at Netflix, she co-authored the company’s famous “culture deck,” which spelled out her vision for creating a company culture that hinges on employees behaving like, and being treated as, adults. Part of being an adult is being able to hear and tell the truth. In this workshop, the author of Powerful Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility explains why radical honesty is the only way to ensure that you are trusted and understood. Participants will learn about different styles of delivery, systems for offering feedback, and how leaders can model key behavior like admitting fault.  Read More

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Transform Your Workplace with Radical Honesty | Podcast

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When Patty McCord was the chief talent officer at Netflix, she co-authored the company’s famous “culture deck,” which spelled out her vision for creating a company culture that hinges on employees behaving like, and being treated as, adults. In this 30 minute teleclass, the author of Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility will share what she has learned about radical honesty in the workplace, motivating with challenges and treating your coworkers like grown-ups. She will also provide an HR director’s take on how to address failure in an interview, disagree with your boss and even say goodbye to the best job you’ve ever had without looking back. Read More

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Free Teleclass | Transform Your Workplace with Radical Honesty

Patty McCordTransform Your Workplace with Radical Honesty
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
10:00-10:30 am

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12 Reasons More Women Should Be at the Wheel

Of course, we’re not exactly unbiased on the topic of female power and primacy. We’re also not trying to instigate some global insurgency or battle of the sexes. But we do believe we’ve identified a new gender gap: women are better at running things like, say, the world. To back up our theory, we turned to upcoming speakers. Here’s how they completed the sentence: “When a woman is in charge….” Read More

Paid Maternity Leave for a Year: Coming Soon to a Company Near You?

McCord, PattyLast month, prospective parents in Silicon Valley had reason to cheer: Adobe, Microsoft and Netflix announced that new moms and dads could take off, respectively, 12 weeks, 16 weeks and one year—paid. (At Adobe, birth moms can take 10 additional weeks of medical leave, and at Microsoft, they can take 8 more weeks of paid disability.) The companies joined Google (18 weeks for birth moms) and Facebook (four months for moms and dads) in their generous parental leave policies. Can it be long before the rest of corporate America gets with the progressive program? Patty McCord, principal at Patty McCord Consulting and former chief talent officer at Netflix who introduced unlimited vacation days, weighs in on the change happening in Silicon Valley—and hopefully beyond. Read More

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